Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 26, 2016

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

U.S. President Barack Obama called for Congress to provide $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika virus, but Congress has yet to authorize the additional funds.

Fauci: NIH needs Zika funds (Washington Examiner)

White House presses GOP for nearly $2B to fight Zika virus (The Hill)

Senate Dem: Talk is cheap on Zika virus (Washington Examiner)

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced in 2015 that AIDS research would no longer automatically receive 10 percent of the agency’s budget. Instead, AIDS grant funding would prioritize vaccine and treatment projects.

NIH’s 10% set-aside for AIDS begins to slip in 2016 (Science)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. McCaskill will spend three weeks in St. Louis receiving treatment.

Claire McCaskill’s Cancer Diagnosis (The Atlantic)

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post about the importance of the next generation of biomedical researchers to the future of science.

It’s Time to Strengthen America’s Commitment to the Next Generation of Researchers (Huffington Post)

Vanderbilt University and Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) will pilot the precision medicine initiative.

President Weighs In on Data From Genes (The New York Times)

White House Takes Major Steps in Precision Medicine Initiative (Morning Consult)

White House to mark a year of effort on precision medicine initiative (The Washington Post)

NIH’s 1-million-volunteer precision medicine study announces first pilot projects (Science)

Obama Is Using The Bully Pulpit To Set Patient Data Free (Forbes)

Obama: Precision Medicine Initiative is First Step to Revolutionizing Medicine (U.S. News & World Report)

Who owns your genetic data? Obama says you do (The Seattle Times)

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